Hi there, I have a 40G breeder, Eheim 2217 filter loaded with matrix, purigen, 30ppi foam, 20ppi foam, micro filtration, phosphate reducer, nitrate reducer and carbon pads. 40-50lbs live rock, 2-3 inch sand bed,
ammonia - 0
nitrite - 0
Phosphate - 0.25
Nitrate - 80ppm+
The tank has been up for about 1 month... I transfered everything out of the old tank in to the new one(filter media, water and some live rock) when I moved but before placing in the first fish... my nitrates were at 15ppm, everything else was in spec
I received some bad pre-mixed saltwater that I was doing water changes with that had high nitrates, and am having a hell of a time lowering these.
I did a 30% water change (with new 0 nitrate sw
) when I first noticed the spike, and have been alternating 10-20% trying not to stress out the fish... but nitrates are barely budging.
The fish in the tank is 2 clowns, scooter dragonette, some type of small (pink/purple) blenny, yellow watchman Goby, hector Goby, 2 blood shrimp and a porcelain crab.
Everything is ok now but I need to lower these nitrates asap... I also have a tangaroa Goby, black ray, 2 hermits and 3 sexy shrimp that I haven't moved over yet...
Anyone know what I can do... I know filter media takes time but this is getting crazy... i'm looking to get a protein skimmer and a phosban reactor to try to lower and prevent.
Any help would be wonderful! Thanks is advance everyone